Care workers help look after children, vulnerable adults and the elderly.
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What does a care worker do?

Care workers or home carers work with people who have difficulties with every day activities. You may be helping children, people with physical or learning disabilities, and older people or families. Tasks can include:

  • spending time getting to know clients and understanding their wishes and needs
  • looking after clients, helping them wash, use the toilet, dress and eat
  • completing housework such as cleaning, washing clothes and shopping
  • supporting clients to manage their money, pay bills and write letters
  • helping other family members to get used to new caring responsibilities
  • working with other health and social care professionals to provide individual care and development plans
  • helping to run leisure activities

What do I need to do to become a care worker?

You can start this role as a trainee without formal qualifications, though some previous voluntary work in a care setting would be advantageous. A level 1 or 2 qualification in health and social care may offer an advantage with some employers. As an alternative, it may be possible to enter this job role through an apprenticeship. 

Related skills

  • Communication
  • Teamwork

Desirable qualifications

  • Level 1 qualification in health and social care

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